Co-Founder & Executive Director
Mohammed grew up in the multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk in the midst of Iraq’s conflict. Mohammed experienced different forms of violence from losing family members to the war and enduring explosions that hit his school. The lack of access to a proper education encouraged Mohammed to teach himself English at age 12 and learn from online resources. In 2016, the U.S. Department of State selected Mohammed to participate in its Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP). During the program, Mohammed met participants from across Iraq and the U.S. Inspired by his experiences in Iraq and IYLEP, Mohammed co-founded NMUNA with other participants to provide opportunities for Iraqi youth to improve their skills and engage in peace-building.
Mohammed also serves as International Programs Coordinator at Soran University, where he bridges the university and students to opportunities abroad. He is currently managing a grant project, funded by the US Department of State and administered by IREX, to create partnerships with US institutions and introduce global citizenship curriculums to students and faculty. The grant will also support hosting Iraq’s first Model United Nations conference for college and high school students. Mohammed has previously worked with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) as Policy Advisor and Assistant to KRG Coordinator for International Advocacy and as a Diplomatic Intern at KRG Representation in the United States. Mohammed is an alumnus of Yale Global Scholars and Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program. He is a graduate of United World College in Mostar and is currently enrolled to complete his studies in politics at Bates College.